From Alia

4 Things Chris Guillebeau Taught Me About Earning A Good Living Without A Job

August 28, 2018

 “If you’re worried about life-work balance, something is probably wrong with your life or your work. Instead of agonizing over balance, get excited and create change.” Chris Guillebeau

Are you stuck in life?

What I mean by that is, are you in a place where you don’t want to be? Do you know what you want to do in life?

That’s where I was for a moment. In a recent post, I listed 3 quotes that I’m still pondering on to keep me going when I was stuck.

3 Weeks ago, I went to Barnes & Nobles ( my favorite place to be) to find particular books on Entrepreneurship.

Basically, I wanted to make a living without a job. Yes, I am blogging. Yes, you can make money from blogging, but I knew there was something more I could do. My success mindset was kicking in. As much as I love writing, I also wanted to make something with my hands, or use my hands to create my product.

I know that I could have another business of my own, making it come together with blogging (or as a separate entity) if you understand me. I wanted to design my own success, and I had ideas already but didn’t know where to start. So I started at Barnes and Noble.

Instead of one book, I bought 11 books (my budget came to a halt).

I am actually going to do a post of each of these books I have bought on a weekly basis (so one book each week). So stay tuned!

Why did I buy eleven books? First off, I love books. Though I have an Ebook app on my phone, a paper book doesn’t compare to it.

Second of all…well I don’t have a second of all. Overall, I love books!

But let me not digress.

So one book I wanted to share with you today is The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau (sounds French).

Who is Chris Guillebeau?

Chris Guillebeau is an entrepreneur who traveled the world and visited 100+ countries by the age of 35. He’s written a few books (including the one I am about to discuss) and also has a website if you want more information on him.

Though I haven’t finished it, I wanted to land some wisdom and advice that he put in his book for those that want to start a business but don’t know how to. This is not only filled with his wisdom, but it also includes stories of other people that started businesses based on various reasons and how they came about building their business.

I like reading books of actual people that tell you how they started it all and can give you plenty of advice on how you can use your abilities and skills to build your business.

Don’t you?

This book gave me many ideas and the motivation to build my business (one idea at a time) from the ground up, with little or no money.

In turn, these individuals, and Chris makes living without a job.

Without a job.

Without a job.

Without a…OK, I’ll stop there.

So, here are three things Chris Guillebeau taught me about earning a good living to start a business:

1. If you want to start a business, make sure it’s something you’re interested in doing or passionate about.

I bet you may have many things that you’re passionate about but here’s the truth: some of these passions or interest may or may not make you money.

So sorry to tell you that. I was disappointed too, so you’re not alone here.

List your interest or passion on a piece of paper, anything that you like, interested in learning about, and/or passionate about. Then you can move on to the next step.

2. Make sure your potential customer will buy your products

Researching your interest and tying it with your potential customer is important.

You can conduct your research on Amazon, Instagram, Google trends, and the likes.

One thing I would like to mention is this: if you want to build a business, do in the habit of helping people, not just to make a profit. Yes, making a profit is one of step or the end result of a business, but if you don’t have the care, the love, or the interest of helping people, this is definitely not for you.

Just putting it out there.

Someone has to say it. A lot of people have said it, but I wanted to put in my two cents too.


I also wrote a post on survey scams and ways to avoid them because it gets on my nerve that people steal info from people for no apparent reason.

Let’s move on, shall we?

3. The skills you have to jump-start the business.

Do you have any skills that you can already do to jump-start the business?

Can you enhance them?

For example, you’re a novice photographer. However, you want to be a great and professional photographer for weddings, families, or nature.

To enhance those skills, you’re to have to take classes for sure right?

Classes like Skillshare and Creative Live have photography classes that you can take enhance those skills. Photography classes aren’t the only classes in Skillshare. From business classes to Adobe Photoshop, there are practical classes for everyone there.

Enhancing the skills you already have is a great way to build your business, and your customers will see that.

4. Choose the best payment method to get paid for it.

This one is pretty straightforward because you’re going to have to know how you want your customers to pay you? You have to have a business account. Never use your personal bank account. This is going to be important when tax season comes.


There you go.

I am always inspired by people who decided to make a change for themselves. Then, they do whatever it takes to reach that goal because that’s what their hearts desire. In the end, they reaped what they sowed: success.

Here’s an image of the book I mentioned:

I will provide a review of the book soon. I’ll keep you updated!

Have you thought of working from home? Why or Why not? Leave it in the comments below!

Until Next Time,

Simply Alia

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